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Coronavirus: Lone deer strolls through empty Newcastle city centre in lockdown | UK News



Lockdown has produced some odd sights, as the absence of people has encouraged animals to venture into towns and cities.

We’ve seen goats in Llandudno, sheep in Turkey and pigs in Connecticut, but only a true lionheart would take a stroll down a main thoroughfare of one of the UK’s largest cities.

But now a lone deer has done just that, after being spotted on CCTV taking advantage of the coronavirus restrictions by walking through Newcastle’s iconic Bigg Market.

The animal walked along the city's iconic Bigg Market. Pic: Newcastle Police
The animal walked along the city’s iconic Bigg Market. Pic: Newcastle Police

After sampling the delights it had to offer, it was then seen turning onto adjoining Clayton Street.

Both roads were deserted as the Geordies followed government guidance by staying away.

Newcastle Police, who posted video of the deer’s adventures on Facebook, wrote a pun-tastic description of events.

The force said: “Even lockdown couldn’t stop this stag from enjoying a night on the town. Newcastle city centre has been deserted in recent weeks as local businesses a-deer to the new coronavirus legislation.

“But it wasn’t going to spoil the fun for this party animal who flouted the rules to have a dance in the Bigg Market.

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“We let them off on this occasion as they were respecting social distancing and claimed to be doing their daily exercise.

“But when we checked our CCTV cameras we found they’d bucked up the courage and headed down Clayton Street to continue their big night out.

“None of the watering holes were open and eventually they disappeared out of the city centre. It seems they are as fawn’d of the city as the rest of us but hopefully we can all enjoy a night out together soon.

“Yes, we’re fighting back the deers too but for now, thank you for staying alert and staying safe!”

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